Jarula M. I. Wegner, Dr. des.

Adjunct Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter)


Jarula M. I. Wegner is Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Group at the Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre. He holds degrees in Chinese (BA), German (MA) and English (MA, PhD) with a doctoral thesis on “Transcultural Memory Constellations in Caribbean Carnivals: Literature and Performance as Critique.” He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (USA), the University of Warwick (UK) and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago). His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as, ARIEL, Caribbean Quarterly, Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, Journal of West Indian Literature and Memory Studies.

Research Interests

  • Autobiography
  • Critical Theory
  • Memory Studies
  • Transculturality
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Carnival
  • World Literature
  • Gender/Queer Theory

Current research project

Post-doctoral project: “Autobiography as Critique” focusing on the intersection of autobiography, critical theory and the politics of citizenship

Selected publications (selection)

Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • Co-edited with Frank Schulze-Engler, Maren Scheurer and Andrea Gremels. Entanglements: Envisioning World Literature from the Global South. New York: Ibidem. forthcoming
  • Co-edited with Astrid Erll, Maria Elisabeth Dorr, Erin Högerle and Paul Vickers. Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, vol. 11. Special Issue: Remembering between Travel and Locatedness: New Horizons of Culture and Media Memory Studies (2019)


Functions and Activities

  • Chair of the Global Memories Working Group at the Memory Studies Association (MSA) since 2017
  • Co-Founder of the Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Group (IMSG) at the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, since 2011

Selected presentations

  • “Provincialising Memory Studies (Again)” Fourth Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association, Warsaw, Poland, July 2021
  • “Beyond Bakhtin and Ethnography: The Politics and Aesthetics of Caribbean Carnivals.” Second Annual International Symposium of Festival Culture Research and Education, London, England, June 2021
  • “Memory Constellations: A Historical Epistemology.” Epistemologies of Memory, King’s College London, England, December 2019
  • “Retrieve, Remember, Reclaim: Feminist Performances in Caribbean Carnivals.” 11th Encuentro: The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Mexico City, Mexico
  • “Rethinking Countermemory: Transcultural Memory Negotiations,” Diaspora, Race, and Empire Colloquium, Columbia University, USA, April 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Modern Language Association
  • Member of the Memory Studies Organisation
  • Member of the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform
  • Member of the International Working Group for Critical Theory


  • DAAD short scholarship for a research trip to the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, from January to July 2019
  • Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies travel grant, July 2017
  • DAAD scholarship for research at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago as well as the University of Warwick, England, February 2017
  • Calliopean Prize for the best M.A. thesis in the years 2015-2016 at the Institute of England and America Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt, July 2016
  • CSC Full Scholarship by the Chinese Scholarship Council to study one year at the Jiaotong University Xi’an, China, 2008-2009

Teaching (selection)

  • Introduction to Caribbean Literature, Beginners, University of Frankfurt, Winter 2021
  • Queer Life Writing, Advanced, University of Frankfurt, Winter 2020
  • Autobiography, Cultural Theory and Identity Politics, Advanced, University of Frankfurt, Summer 2020
  • Caribbean Carnivals, Proseminar, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Winter 2017
  • Old and New Frontiers in Memory Studies, Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Group with international guest lectures, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Winter 2015

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